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Wrestling Ends, Women’s Softball Team Opening in Myrtle Beach

The wrestling season has ended, women’s softball season is about to begin and baseball is underway at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Flavors to Savor at Sixth Annual ‘Soul Food Dinner’

Nursing student Serecia S. Durson, of Beaver Meadows, prepares to enjoy the evening's cuisine.

Penn College’s sixth annual Soul Food Dinner, the concluding event of Black History Month on campus, was held this past week in Dauphin Hall’s Capitol Eatery. The centerpiece of the evening was a menu steeped in tasty tradition: ribs, yams, catfish, cornbread, rice and peach cobbler (among other regional treats), seasoned with side orders of music, poetry, trivia and nutritious goodwill.

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Silence of the Jams

Jennifer M. Maulfair, of Myerstown, majoring in pre-applied health studies: radiography concentration, gets in sync with the DJ booth ...

... then owns the floor, dancing to the music in her head.

If a dance party breaks out in a library, does it make a sound?

A familiar face at campus events is Andrew A. Smith, of Philadelphia, enrolled in aviation maintenance technology.

In a never-ending quest to bring Penn College students a variety of after-hours entertainment, the Wildcat Events Board recently welcomed Headphone Disco to the Madigan Library. Billed as “The Silent Party People,” the popular novelty act features a pair of side-by-side DJs playing two distinctly different styles of music over two separate wireless channels. Each guest chooses which track he or she wants to listen to using a switch on the headphones, resulting in a unique and unpredictable dance-floor experience. Stay tuned to PCToday and social media for more WEB programs.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Phi Mu Delta Chapter Aids Volunteer Effort at Food Bank

From left are Ryan J. Bollinger, of Glenolden, applied management; John E. Jones, of Cape May Court House, N.J., welding and fabrication engineering technology; Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, plastics and polymer engineering technology; and Raymond L. Long, of Forest City, building automation technology.

Four brothers from the Phi Mu Delta fraternity’s Xi Mu chapter at Penn College this week joined the Fabulous Food Packers in helping families served by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Ryan J. Bollinger, John E. Jones, Paul M. Lasell and Raymond L. Long worked with the award-winning group of college employees led by Marianne E. DePasqua, a client development specialist with Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

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Scouts’ ‘Merit Badge College’ Returns for Second Year in Apt Locale

Penn College Police Officer Matthew C. Jodun works with a Boy Scout.

Electrical technologies instructor Scott A. Seroskie duplicates the participatory nature of the college courses that he teaches.

Working toward their badges in sculpture, Scouts put into practice the skills learned from David A. Stabley, a member of the college's art faculty.

Stephenson's well-equipped lab is the perfect arena for those earning their Graphic Arts badges.

Penn College hosted the second annual Merit Badge College on Saturday, drawing 170 Boy Scouts from several local councils (and a few from such farther reaches as Luzerne and Centre counties). Scouts could register for up to three badges from among the 22 offered, ranging from sustainability/architecture and fingerprinting to welding and automotive maintenance. Faculty in five of the college’s academic schools taught the labs, providing the young men a true picture of the college’s hands-on approach, and the Admissions Office gave a brief presentation and distributed backpacks full of information. Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, developed and managed the online registration site for the event, and graphic design instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson worked with graphic design senior Ainsley R. Bennett, of Montoursville, on the commemorative patch.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College Embraces the PlastiVan

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program recently visited Penn College to educate area students about the wonders of plastics and the rich career opportunities in the field. Students enjoyed hands-on activities revealing the power of plastics and toured the college’s plastics labs. Sekisui SPI sponsored the PlastiVan’s visit at the college, which is featured in this YouTube video:

Watch PCToday for more on the PlastiVan’s visit.

President Gilmour Among Honorees at Chamber Event

President Davie Jane Gilmour accepts the 2017 Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President’s Award from Vincent J. Matteo (left), Chamber president/CEO, and Roger D. Jarrett, chairman of the Chamber Board.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour was presented with the President’s Award at Wednesday’s 131st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Other honors bestowed at the event, held at The Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport, were the Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award to Anthony H. Visco Jr., Architects; the Large Business Award to Larson Design Group; and the Emerging Business Award to Farrington Place. (Larson Design employs more than 80 graduates of the college and its predecessors, including Williamsport Area Community College; Visco is a WACC alumnus and member of Penn College’s Architectural Technology Advisory Committee.)

Camp ESCAPE Registration Begins March 6

Members of the Penn College community are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible (starting Monday, March 6) for Camp ESCAPE (Enjoy Summer Camp at Penn College, Everyone), which offers seven weeks of fun for boys and girls aged 6-14. Campers don’t need to be sports enthusiasts, as the schedule includes a variety of weekly field trips, cooking projects, games, and activities such as kickball and dodgeball. Enrollment is limited to 30 children per day; the cost is $100 per week, regardless of drop-off/pickup times. Camp hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup ends at 5 p.m. The schedule: Week 1 (June 5-8), trip to Knoebels Grove on June 7; Week 2 (June 12-15), trip to Delgrosso’s Amusement Park on June 14; Week 3 (June 19-22), trip to Lake Tobias on June 21; Week 4 (June 26-29) trip to Tilt Studio on June 28; Week 5 (July 10-13) trip to Lewisburg Park and Pool on July 12; Week 6 (July 17-20), trip to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders baseball game on July 19; Week 7 (July 24-27), trip to Sunbury Pool on July 26.

Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

EmployersIn search of students and alumni in a variety of academic majors, two employers will visit campus next week. Recruiters from First Quality Enterprises Inc. will be in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and representatives of Horst Construction will be in Room B2044 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. For details, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

WDCE Courses Designed to Improve Supervisors’ Performance

Two components of Front-Line Supervisor leadership training will be offered this spring through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Each course runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two successive Wednesdays in Room 312 of the college’s Klump Academic Center.

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Penn College Shotokan Karate Club Hosts East Coast Camp

In formation behind Penn College coach George T. Vance Jr., martial artists prepare for a belt-promotion event last fall.

Multiple training sessions and a tournament were included as the Penn College Shotokan Karate Club hosted the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union camp this past weekend. The two-day camp featured Sensei Robin Reilly, an internationally known karateka and author of four books on karate training. He is a member of the Shihankai for the International Shotokan Karate Federation, the upper echelon of technical expertise. Representing Penn College at the camp were John B. Preine, Kody R. Dibble, Jason S. Murphy, Destiny R. Barto and Timothy L. Pegg. The kata (forms) team of Preine, Dibble and Barto placed third; Preine also placed second in purple belt kumite (sparring). Next up is the East Coast Championships in April, hosted by Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and the club will host a belt-promotion event the third week in April.

Educator Opens Door to Genuine Dialogue Between Disparate Voices

The keynote speaker engages the PDC crowd.

The multimedia program incorporates other people's insights as a tool for self-reflection, such as video of Charles Rangel, who left office last month after more than 45 years as a congressman from New York.

Pens and paper are available throughout the Mountain Laurel Room, as participants are encouraged to record their emotions during the evening's talk.

Penn College’s observance of Black History Month continued this past week with a campus appearance by Valencia D. Clay, a middle school humanities teacher and author of “Soundless Cries Don’t Lead to Healing: A Critical Guide to Cultural Consciousness.” Her interactive presentation, held Thursday in the Thompson Professional Development Center and followed by a book-signing, challenged audience members to candidly assess how their unique experiences have shaped their perceptions of others. Other commemorative events included a showing of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “13th;” themed Quizzo competition and a Madigan Library table display. On tap for this week is the annual Soul Food Dinner from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Eatery, which will include a cooking demonstration, slam poetry, a dance competition and trivia.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Movie-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Saturday in PDC

Murder Mystery Dinner set for Saturday

The Penn College community is invited to join the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit to be held Saturday night in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. While socializing and schmoozing, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken … and a homicide will happen. With a V.I.P. victim and the attendees suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red-carpet caper. Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows? Or possibly a livid lover who has been pushed too far? As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed. Come walk the red carpet for a night of secrets, celebrities and scandal! Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the show begins at 6:30. Tickets are $15.75 for students (flex, declining balance or credit card accepted) and $20 for employees (credit card). Registration is required by noon Friday and is limited to 112 people.  For more information, contact Student Activities by email or by calling 570-327-4763. The School of Business & Hospitality’s menu for the evening follows: “Murder Mystery Dinner” Menu

Season of Change Arrives for Penn College Athletes

As the weather shows signs of change, so do the seasons at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams wrapped things up last week, wrestlers conclude their season this Saturday in a national tournament and, on the same day, the college’s baseball and archery teams are scheduled to step into action for the first time.

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